The nationwide ministry "Focus on the Family" is bringing its focus to eastern Kentucky.
The focus is on 29 counties in eastern Kentucky in what some are calling a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“They have chosen eastern Kentucky as one of the communities they want to be in one out of 10 nationwide,” says Karen Engle, President/CEO of Operation Unite.
“Focus on the Family” made its first of many stops in Middlesboro, working with the community to create a transformation center for those struggling with drug addiction.
“To begin to see people within the church to get out of the four walls of the church to help families that are hurting to get into the schools and even in some cases the court systems,” says Marc Fey of Focus on the Family.
“What we are hoping will result from it is that we can create an environment and atmosphere where the hopeless can come and get help, where those that are bound in addiction can come and find freedom,” says Pastor Shawn Baker of Faith Temple Church
Baker says he's seen the need for a resource like this time and time again in the community.
“Here in Bell County, over 10% of our population has spent the night in our county jail in 2007 because of drug related crimes,” says Pastor Baker.
Along with Operation UNITE, the program hopes to offer parenting classes, spiritual support, and a helping hand to get addicts back on their feet.
“What we want to walk away with is a plan to reach out to every family who may be struggling, I need of hope in our region, because we don't just want safe communities, we want thriving communities,” says Engle.
Baker hopes to use land close to Faith Temple Church to open a resource center.